100 skill centres to come up in varsities

The government is set to establish 100 centres under various universities, named after Bharatiya Janata Party ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay, which will offer short-term certificate courses to full-fledged post graduate degree programmes in vocational subjects.

These centres for Knowledge Acquisition and Upgradation of Skilled Human Abilities and Livelihood (KAUSHAL) will also take up research and development activities in specialised areas.

Initiating the move, the University Grants Commission (UGC) on Thursday invited varsities to submit proposals by the end of this month. The programme was envisaged by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for implementation during the 12th Five Year Plan period.

“Institutions aspiring to receive financial support under the scheme should have demonstrated competence and sustained commitment in the area of acquisition of knowledge and skill development. They should have adequate space, buildings etc., for establishment of centre,” the commission said in its guidelines.

Preference, however, will be given to the universities and autonomous colleges, institutions already running bachelor in vocational education programme and community colleges. Institutions tagged Grade A by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council as well as those having linkages with industry will also get priority.

For proper implementation and monitoring of the programme, the higher education regulator will set up a national level resource centre.

The resource centre will facilitate various kinds of training, including building leadership for the faculty and other staff members of the proposed KAUSHALs. Financial assistance will be provided by the UGC with a ceiling of Rs 5 crore, in instalments, during the 12th Plan period.

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